Much of the regular season was a struggle for Colin Kaepernick and the passing game in 2013. The circumstances surrounding that struggle came to light Tuesday.
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick sustained a chipped bone in his forefoot and ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot during Week 2's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
"It was something that was always there," Kaepernick told Barrows. "Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you're a football player, you play through pain. Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field. If it's something you can play through, that's what you do."
During Kaepernick's break-out 2012 season in which he help lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl, much of his production came with his feet on read-option plays, particularly against the Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Making his postseason debut, Kaepernick broke the league's rushing record for a quarterback amassing 181 yards and two scores. He also passed for 263 and a pair of touchdowns.
Last year Kaepernick showed up on the injury report prior to Week 3's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, there wasn't much made of the injury at the time. He was not limited in practice nor did it look like his foot was much of a hindrance on Sundays.
Midway through the year, he even joked about having hangnails on both his pinky toes when asked about it.
San Francisco's passing attack ranked third worst in the NFL at 187.5 yards per game last season. That number isn't particularly surprising, given the 49ers ran the ball more than any other team in the league. Kaepernick was also without two of his three best receivers. Michael Crabtree was out 11 weeks while recovering from his Achilles tear and Mario Manningham didn't come back until Week 10 after an ACL tear the previous December.
In 2012, Kaepernick ran more than five times in five his six regular season starts. Last year, he ran in eight of 16 regular season games. And after he suffered the injury, he went three straight games with four carries or less.
In the NFC Championship Game Kaepernick looked back up to full speed, rushing 11 times for 130 yards.
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